was a legislative reporter covering agricultural, environmental and general policy for The Texas Tribune in 2015. In the two years before arriving at the Tribune, she worked as a freelance journalist for VICE News, The Christian Science Monitor, The Atlantic online, and Al Jazeera America in Mexico and Brazil. Born in Idaho and raised in eastern Washington State, she holds graduate degrees in journalism and Latin American studies from the University of Texas.
Cannabis oil will be legal for some medical treatments under legislation signed by Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday, but he insists marijuana should not and will not be legalized for medical or recreational use in Texas on his watch. Full Story
Inmates in some Texas county jails may no longer have to speak to loved ones on a video screen, after the Senate voted Monday to pass a House measure guaranteeing a minimum of two 20-minute, in-person visitations per week. Full Story
After four years of trying out a new way of awarding state contracts known as design-build, lawmakers aren't sure taxpayers get a better deal, and Texas businesses say they're being muscled out of jobs by larger, out-of-state companies. Full Story
The reintroduction of deep fat fryers and soda machines into public schools may top the agenda of Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller. But some teachers and parents don't share his appetite for sugary drinks and french fries. Full Story